Dominic Smyth

About me

I do what I do because it really matters how well our organisations work, not just on the immediate level—for those they are there to serve, the beneficiaries—but on a wider level. The positive impact of well run, high-integrity organisations can be huge, but the impact on society of corruption and passive mismanagement is greater still, often for the most vulnerable people for whom we should actually be doing our very best. This applies equally in big business, finance as well as the humanitarian sector.

I’m half British, half French, but I started my professional life in the Royal Hong Kong police. After 10 years working as an investigator in one of the most densely populated places in the world, I moved to the UN Tribunal investigating war crimes in the former Yugoslavia. From there, I first joined the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services in Africa and then went into various international investigation roles before we ultimately formed OSACO.

Unfortunately, my background has probably made me a sceptic when it comes to people, their motivations and the gap between what they say and what they do in practice, but I like to think I balance that scepticism with some idealism too. I’m convinced we’re capable of better in our society and how we organise ourselves, and that’s what I’m committed to.